According to the results of our survey, demand for passenger and light truck replacement tires improved in August. The latest performance marks the fourth consecutive month of healthier, albeit far from strong, trends after a very challenging start to the year. Anecdotal commentary from dealers indicates that demand was fairly steady throughout the month.
As of Sept. 1, 2017, newly manufactured towable recreation vehicles (RVs) with 13-inch and larger wheels must ride on radial, not bias, tires. The new standard may require aftermarket tire dealers to rethink inventories of special trailer (ST) tires.
As we all know the tire market is big business around the world and none more so than in Europe. But at the same time, let’s not forget another highly important product in the automotive market as without it tires would not be able to function on a vehicle.
Time magazine included Ray Kroc in its Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century. You might say, “Wayne, what does that have to do with me?” Well, I’d like to peer into your tire store and McDonald’s through a branding perspective.
More than nine months have passed since I outlined what incoming President Donald Trump said he would do to help small businesses and their workers. In his Contract with the American Voter, he listed seven actions he would take to protect American workers within his first 100 days in office.
Because customers don’t understand tires, their perception of our representation is askew. In others words, they hear what we’re saying at the sales counter, but they often don’t understand.
This year, in order to meet consumers’ changing needs, we will offer another way to purchase Goodyear consumer tires, and this is... online.” With those words, Andy Traicoff, vice president of consumer sales and customer development for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., set in motion what was thought to be a paradigm shift in the tire industry.
Last year, U.S. consumers purchased 14.1 million passenger and light truck tires online. The total represents 6% of all aftermarket tire sales at the retail level.
On a scale of 1 to 10, what grade would you give commercial tire makers for the sales and service support they provide your dealership?
The TBC Purchasing Group is responsible for the acquisition of all goods for resale by the sales channel of TBC Corp. As a result, Bill Dashiell, senior vice president of the group’s Commercial Tire Division, not only serves as a commercial tire marketing manager, but also acts as a liaison to the TBC Wholesale Group.
Although demand for retreads is increasing, low-cost imported tires continue to squeeze profitability. Aggressive truck stop chains, manufacturer price increases and supply issues are the latest headwinds.
Each month we ask members of our National Advisory Council (NAC) a question or questions on a current hot topic. Last month we asked, “Is drug testing part of your hiring process? How much of a problem is drugs in your workplace? If you discover one of your employees has a drug problem, what do you do?” Here are some responses.
The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) of the 2008–2017 Toyota Highlander and Highlander HV is designed to provide warning when the tire inflation pressure of one or more road tires is low.